Space Force leaders talk deterrence, updates to pay and physical fitness tests

Several high-ranking military officers underscored the importance of ramping up the U.S. investment in space during the Air and Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium this week.

Soil cleanup at Maui Space Force site begins after weather delay

The excavation of sacred soil contaminated by diesel fuel at a Space Force mountaintop observatory on Maui began after a weeklong delay due to heavy winds and rain.

Diesel spill cleanup at Space Force site on Maui could begin this week

About 700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Jan. 29 at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex atop the 10,000-foot summit of Haleakala, a dormant volcano.

Air Force’s No. 2 civilian stepping down from post, service says

Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones, who championed broader diversity efforts as the service’s second-highest ranking civilian, is stepping down effective March 6.

Space Force plans massive soil cleansing to remedy fuel leak on Maui summit

Contaminated soil must be removed after a catastrophic storage tank failure saturated the ground with diesel fuel at a mountaintop observatory on Maui operated by U.S. Space Forces Indo-Pacific, its commander said.

Air Force officials assess diesel fuel spill at Maui space observatory

The spill occurred at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex, which tracks satellites and space debris using several telescopes atop Haleakala, a dormant volcano.

Republicans introduce bills to reinstate service members fired over coronavirus vaccine mandate

Two companion bills introduced in the Senate and House this week prohibit the Pentagon from replacing the mandate with another and call for the reinstatement and restoration of rank for troops separated or demoted due to their vaccine status.

Service members who refused COVID-19 vaccine say they face obstacles despite policy reversal

The action doesn’t address damage to military careers or restore the faith of service members sidelined by their refusal to take the vaccine.

Vandenberg is ringing in the new year with a SpaceX rocket launch

Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket, built by Space Exploration Technologies, is scheduled to launch Monday night from Space Launch Complex-4 on the South Base.

The best of Stars and Stripes: 2022 in photos

The defining image of the year, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is not the whole story of 2022. Here are some of the year’s most compelling photos from Stars and Stripes journalists, and the stories they helped tell.

In major step, Space Force takes over all military satellite communications

The Navy and the Army have transferred major satellite communication operations to the Space Force.

Space Force launches slick new website to recruit guardians of tomorrow

The youngest branch of the U.S. military hopes its flashy new website will attract new troops and overcome recruiting challenges that have plagued virtually every branch of the armed forces in recent years.

Space Coast’s global nuclear tracking center gives Scouts a sneak peek

For a decade now Air Force Technical Applications Center volunteers have been opening up the facility’s doors to troops with Scouts BSA seeking the hard-to-get Nuclear Science merit badge.

Space Force launches its first command in the Far East on Korean Peninsula

The new command will provide space planning for military leaders on the Korean Peninsula.

Future of US Navy base in Diego Garcia hinges on UK-Mauritius negotiations

Mauritius has maintained it holds rightful sovereignty over the entire British Indian Ocean Territory, which is made up of roughly 1,000 mostly tiny islands. The U.K. has consistently rejected Mauritius’ claims and insisted that returning the original inhabitants would not be feasible.

Space Command relocation decision imminent, commanding general says

Colorado lawmakers argued that moving the command to Alabama instead of keeping it in an already-established location would be cost-prohibitive and time-consuming, potentially allowing China to narrow the gap in the space race.

Space Force set to establish CENTCOM-focused component

The new command will report directly to U.S. Central Command leaders and take responsibility for space-based operations within Central Command’s area of responsibility, according to a CENTCOM statement.

SpaceX gives Space Coast 52nd launch of the year

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched Saturday from Kennedy Space Center on the 52nd successful flight of the year from the Space Coast.

Air Force streamlines reassignments for victims of sex crimes, domestic violence

Air Force and Space Force service members, or their spouses, who are victims of sexual crimes or domestic violence may more easily relocate to new duty stations under recent rule changes.